Chef David Burke’s Race Against the Clock

The legendary chef shares his secrets for how to create delicious dishes in no time

This elegant Ahi Tuna appetizer served at David's world-class restaurant Fishtail is easy to make at home and takes no time at all.

It’s no surprise to many that being a chef means working fast on your feet, but I don’t think that everyone knows just how fast. Here are a few menu ideas that can be whipped together in any increment of time that you have available.

30-Minute Meal

I created this menu for the cook who works late but doesn’t want to sacrifice the quality of food they produce after work.

Ahi Tuna Crudo
Filet Mignon with Sautéed Vegetables
Fruit Blinis


  1. Slice 2 filet mignons in half so that each piece is 1-inch thick, which will make them cook quicker. Sauté in a pan with a bit of butter and 4 strips of bacon until each side is well browned. Remove the steak and place in a separate pan, and keep in an oven at a low temperature, about 120 degrees. Dice the 4 strips of bacon and sauté in the filet pan with diced potato, cauliflower, onion, and broccoli. Sauté on low until cooked through.
  2. While sautéing your filet, prepare your appetizer.
  3. To finish the filet, add the bacon and vegetable mixture to each serving of filet with a crack of freshly ground pepper.
  4. Make your dessert.

Click here to see the Ahi Tuna Crudo Recipe

Click here to see the Fruit Blinis Recipe

60-Second Breakfast

I hear so many people complaining that they don’t eat a good enough breakfast because they don’t have enough time. This "60"-second dish will not only give you breakfast in one minute flat, but it’ll give you the nutrition you need to beat the day.

Microwave Eggs: In a coffee cup, whisk together two eggs with a pinch of salt, and pepper. Add ½ tablespoon of butter and microwave for 72 seconds. While the eggs are microwaving, pop two pieces of toast in the toaster. Finish your eggs with a sprinkle of your favorite cheese and a dash of Tabasco sauce, whisk, and serve with the toast.

Five-Minute Lunch

This lunch will literally take you five minutes to make but will look and taste like you spent hours.

Click here to see the Warm Chicken Salad Recipe


David Burke is a world-renowned chef and restaurateur. Visit his website and Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter @ChefDavidBurke